BlackBerry Q10 in Malaysia: Price, Specs and Release Date

Model uses BlackBerry Q10 camera
BlackBerry Q10 models
BlackBerry Q10 models

BlackBerry Q10, the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone with QWERTY keyboard, will be available in Malaysia on May 15, 2013 by Celcom and Maxis. The retail price is RM2388. Read on to find out Q10 specs, features and photos.

BlackBerry Q10 vs Z10: Specs and Features

Model uses BlackBerry Q10 camera
Model uses BlackBerry Q10 camera

BlackBerry Q10 has a squre 3.1-inch (720×720 pixels) touch display, the largest ever on BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone.

Q10 specs is similar to Z10: Both are powered by dual core 1.5 GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card support, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, micro HDMI output port, support NFC…

Its 2100mAh removable battery is higher capacity than Z10’s 1800mAh. Also, BlackBerry Q10 is a 4G smartphone that support quad band LTE: 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz. Yes, it supports Malaysia 4G LTE (2600MHz)!

BlackBerry Z10 has LTE version too, but the Malaysia’s Z10 launched previously is a 3G version.

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BlackBerry 10

Like Z10, BlackBerry Q10 is running BlackBerry 10 operating system with unique features such as:

  • BlackBerry Hub: one swipe to access all conversations in one easy to manage place.
  • BlackBerry Balance: separates and secures work apps and data from personal content.
  • BBM: free messaging with your contacts, support voice calling, video chat, and screen sharing.
  • BlackBerry Remember: collect and organize data (photos, lists, messages, links) in one place.

Gallery: BlackBerry Q10 Black

Here are Q10 product photos (click to enlarge):

Price and Availability

BlackBerry Q10 is available in two colours: Black and White. The Q10’s recommended retail price is RM2388. Q10 will be available in Celcom and Maxis Malaysia on May 15, 2013. Celcom will start taking pre-order from May 8, 2013.

Visit BlackBerry for more information.

Spotify Expands On-demand Music Service in Latin America and Asia

Spotify for Latin America and Asia
Spotify for Latin America and Asia
Spotify for Latin America and Asia

Spotify has expanded its on-demand music streaming service (online radio) to Latin America and Asia.

We’re taking our first steps in Latin America with Mexico, and Asia with Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Plus we’re thrilled to make new friends in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland.

Click here to check the full list of Spotify supported countries

What is Spotify?

Spotify desktop player
Spotify desktop player

Spotify is a popular on-demand music streaming service with over 20 millions total users.

In Spotify app, you can choose the genre station, search for music you love, and browse friends’ music collections.

Found a great song? You can share it to social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr). You can also create your ultimate playlists and share with your friends.

How much?

It is free to sign up. Spotify desktop app is available for Windows and Mac and Linux.

You may subscribe to Spotify Unlimited plan for ads free music. Spotify Premium plan offer ads free music and mobile app (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, etc), as well as ability to download music for offline listening. The subscription fee is different for each country.

In Asia (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore), Spotify does not offer Unlimited plan but offer cheaper Premium plan.

Spotify Malaysia Plans
Spotify Malaysia Plans

Malaysians seems to enjoy the lowest Spotify Premium fee. For example, Spotify Premium is USD9.99 in USA but only MYR14.90 (~USD5) in Malaysia.

UPDATE: Surprisingly, Spotify is also working in China. Tested in Nanning, China.


Maxis Launched BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone in Malaysia: Plans, Price, Apps

Maxis BlackBerry Z10 launch
Maxis BlackBerry Z10 launch
Photo (L-R): Annamalai Muthu, Country Director for Malaysia, BlackBerry; Hastings Singh, Managing Director for South Asia, BlackBerry; Sandip Das, Chief Executive Officer, Maxis Berhad; Suren J. Amarasekera, Joint Chief Operating Officer, Maxis Berhad; T. Kugan, Head of Product, Device, Innovation and Roaming, Maxis Berhad with the new BlackBerry Z10.


MALAYSIA: Maxis has officially launched BlackBerry Z10 in Malaysia. The touchscreen phone is available at all Maxis Centers nationwide from 9 March 2013. Maxis is the first telco to offer Z10 in Malaysia. Special offer available for Maxis One Club member and Hotlink prepaid customers.

Click to Tweet: “Maxis BlackBerry Z10 smartphone plans start from RM55 per month.”

BlackBerry Z10 specs

BlackBerry Z10 is BlackBerry’s first smartphone running BlackBerry 10 OS. The 4.2-inch touchscreen smartphone is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, with microSD slot support up to 64GB cards. 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. There’s also a microHDMI out port for presentation, NFC for mobile payments and file exchange.

SEE ALSO: BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone in Malaysia: Price, Features, Specs, Hands-on and More

Maxis BlackBerry Z10 Plans

Maxis offer 3 postpaid plans for BlackBerry Z10 customers: BBMore55, BBMore88 and BBMore148. The plan starts from RM55 per month. Eah plans includes free call minutes, SMS, and Internet data quota.

Here is the Maxis BlackBerry Z10 pricing details and rate plans:

BlackBerry Z10 recommended retial price is RM2,188.

Maxis BB Z10 price and plans
Maxis BB Z10 price and plans

Hotlink BlackBerry Z10

Hotlink Prepaid BlackBerry customers can buy BlackBerry Z10 smartphone at a discounted price and receive free 1.5GB mobile Internet quota (valid for 7 days). The phone price is as low as RM1688 for loyal prepaid customers with SKMM device offer

Hotlink BlackBerry Z10
Hotlink BlackBerry Z10

The offer is valid from now until 30 April 2013 only. Check the details at here

Maxis BlackBerry 10 Apps

Maxis in-house development teams have developed apps for BlackBerry Z10 customers:

  • MyMaxis — self-help app enable Maxis customers to retrieve account information, subscribe services and contact Maxis.
  • Maxis PayPal — allow you to pay Maxis bills via PayPal service.
  • MyHealthy Heart — health tracking tool with a pedometer, Malaysian food calorie counter, health risk calculators and medication reminder, and access Maxis MyLaunchPad Health portal.
  • FINDER 301 — location-based app provides information on nearby point of interest (POI).
  • Maxis BPL 2013 — provides latest updates on the Barclays Premier League 2012/2013 season.
  • Maxis Rewards — list of special offers exclusive to Maxis customers.

➤ Maxis

BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone in Malaysia: Price, Features, Specs, Hands-on and More

BlackBerry Z10 (front)

Girl with BlackBerry Z10 (white)

BlackBerry Z10, the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, launched in Malaysia on February 20th, 2013. Here is the information you need to know about Z10’s specs, features, price and availability in Malaysia.

BlackBerry Z10 Specs

BlackBerry Z10 black and white
BlackBerry Z10 black and white

The 4.2-inch touchscreen (1280×768) smartphone is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, with microSD slot support up to 64GB cards. Running BlackBerry 10 operating system. 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. There’s also a microHDMI out port for presentation, NFC for mobile payments and file exchange.

Z10 Features & Hands-on

BlackBerry Z10 (front)
BlackBerry Z10 (front)

Z10 build quality is good, though not full metal. Remove the plastic back cover to reveal the battery and microSD slot.

No menu button. Z10 is designed for touchscreen gestures. Apps opening, closing, switching can be done with one hand one thumb gestures. Apps are running in 100% fullscreen.

BlackBerry Z10 (back)
BlackBerry Z10 (back)

The performance is good. I didn’t notice any sluggish while app launching and switching. However, I have difficulty to active the close app gesture by swiping up bottom edge of display. I guess it needs some practices.

The BlackBerry Hub is a convenient feature to have a glance of all app notifications and messages.

BlackBerry Z10 (BlackBerry Hub)
BlackBerry Z10 (BlackBerry Hub)

The virtual keyboard learns the words you use and how you use them so you can type faster and more accurately, according to BlackBerry.

The famous BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) now not only allows you to send free text messages but also make voice and video calls, as well as “screen share” feature during video call.

The Z10 camera app, like what we have seen on other smartphones, has a “Time Shift” feature allows you to choose the best moment of a shot. You tap in the camera app to take a picture. To focus an area, you tap & hold, release then tap again to take a shot.

Price and availability

BlackBerry Z10 retail price is RM2,188 (~USD$706), available in Black and White colours. 3 Malaysia telcos will carry the smartphone with plans. Maxis is the first, available on 9th March, with pre-registration started. Z10 will be available from DiGi and Celcom on 8th April, 1 month after Maxis.

Trade up program

Good news for existing BlackBerry users. You can trade in old BlackBerry smartphone and receive a rebate up to RM480 per device when buying a new BlackBerry Z10.

Here is the trade in pricing available for the first 3000 units:

  • BlackBerry Curve 8520: RM255
  • BlackBerry Curve 9300: RM270
  • BlackBerry Bold 900: RM125
  • BlackBerry Bold 9700: RM285
  • BlackBerry Bold 9780: RM330
  • BlackBerry Bold 9900: RM485

You need to submit your details to obtain a voucher first. Visit BlackBerry Malaysia Facebook page for more information (yet available when editing).

UPDATE 19/3: List of BlackBerry Z10 Roadshows with BB Trade Up Program in Malaysia

BlackBerry Q10?

Z10 is a full touchscreen smartphone. Many BlackBerry loyal fans would still prefer a smartphone with physical keyboard — BlackBerry Q10.

We know that Q10 will be available after Z10. But BlackBerry Malaysia did not mention anything about Q10 at the event. I will update you once receive more information.

➤ BlackBerry Z10